Volunteers added to Book of Golden Deeds

June 03. 2018 5:36PM
Volunteers representing the AARP Tax Aide program were recognized recently at the Book of Golden Deeds Breakfast sponsored by the Breakfast Exchange Club of Nashua. In front from left are volunteers Frank Matton, Charlotte Pogue, Pauline Gagne, Joan Shok and Suchai Vadhanasiripong. Suzanne Koperniak, chairman of the Book of Golden Deeds program, is in the back. (courtesy photos)

Elizabeth Cepaitis, center, who was recognized for her commitment as a volunteer at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, is flanked by Breakfast Exchange Club members Suzanne Koperniak, left, and Jocelyn Sharp-Henning.

NASHUA — Four Nashua-area residents and one group of volunteers were honored recently for their volunteer service to seniors in Greater Nashua during the annual Book of Golden Deeds breakfast sponsored by the Breakfast Exchange Club of Nashua.

The Book of Golden Deeds is an Exchange Club program that “honors a worthy person or group that donates time, talent and energy to those in need.” The club says each of this year’s nominees has made a significant contribution to the senior community.

The honorees were nominated by individuals or organizations that provide services to the elderly in the Nashua area. Each nominee received a certificate of appreciation from the club.

Elizabeth Cepaitis was recognized for the services she provides in support of the Nashua Senior Activity Center.

Cepaitis has served as treasurer of the organization’s board of directors for five years. She’s also chairman of the Finance Committee and was influential in spearheading the startup of the center’s first-ever Endowment Fund. She hosted a plant sale to benefit the senior center for several years and volunteers for each of the three flea markets the center hosts each year. She also volunteers at the center’s senior picnic, the annual variety show and the annual Fire and Fusion fundraiser. She supports the tour program offered through the senior center by volunteering in the office and escorting the tours. She recently joined the Silver Lining Chorus and performs at local nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

“She has been a tremendous help all around to the senior center for many years,” said fellow board member Jocelyn Sharp-Henning in making the nomination. “She helps with anything she is asked to do.”

Also recognized was a group of more than 20 AARP elderly tax assistance volunteers for the hours of service they provide to local seniors through the AARP Tax Aide program.

During the tax season, they average more than 80 hours of service, and together they represent more than 75 years of volunteerism. They have assisted elderly taxpayers in collecting more than $2.5 million.

The group also comes together after tax season to help homeowners to file for New Hampshire property tax relief. This April, the volunteers made more than 500 phone calls to notify people about the program and provide help with completing the forms. More than 235 homeowners have been served by this outreach effort this year.

Also recognized for their volunteer service as Book of Golden Deeds nominees were:

• Alice Sheehy, St. Joseph Hospital Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center, who was nominated by Pam Deres.

• Frances Lisa, Aynsley Place assisted living center, who was nominated by Denise Paradise.

• David Nugent, Nashua Senior Activity Center, who was nominated by Judy Porter.

“The Golden Deeds award ceremony is an annual highlight for the Breakfast Exchange Club of Nashua,” said Suzanne Koperniak, chairman of the Golden Deeds planning committee in announcing the winners. “This year we had the privilege of honoring outstanding volunteer nominees. On behalf of the club and the Golden Deeds committee, I want to thank everyone who took the time to make a nomination and the volunteers who spend hours upon hours enriching the lives of the seniors living in our community.”

The Breakfast Exchange Club of Nashua is one of 700 clubs in the United States and Puerto Rico. The local club focuses on community service projects that benefit the area’s elderly population.

The club supports seniors through such programs as the Heat Up/Cool Down Energy Assistance Program and Senior Shopping Days, where homebound elderly residents can have groceries purchased and delivered to their homes. The club also arranges to have flags delivered to veterans each November and flowers delivered to homebound seniors for Valentine’s Day. Each year, the club sponsors senior socials at senior housing locations.

The club meets at 8 a.m. twice monthly, except in July, August, November and December. New members are always welcome. For more information, email BXCNashua@gmail.com.


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